Provoking to wrath – Proverbs 6:4
Have you ever done something and blamed someone else or had a reason that it wasn’t your fault that you reacted a certain way? Why does our legal system allow you to claim temporary insanity? Why do your kids say, “He made me do it?”
There are so many stories, from the time of Adam and Eve where we blame others for our actions. I was watching a news story of a woman who had an inappropriate interaction with her daughter’s ex-teenage boyfriend. They had shared sexually related texts. The plot thickens as she was the former mayor of a small town and her husband is the high school principal.
I wondered how the news reporters got the daughter to interview on behalf of her mother and then they dropped another bomb; they all blamed the mother’s inappropriate action on the death of her disabled son. What? Now I don’t want to be disrespectful. I worked in hospice and palliative care for years and this was an interesting twist. A woman goes out and does something supposedly out of character because she was grieving over her son. Uh, that makes no sense, sorry.
At some point, do we say we lied, killed, steal and whatever other sin, because of something someone else did or because we are in an extreme emotional state. We hear about this every day when lawyers claim their clients were temporarily insane. Really? Seriously?
The Bible clearly states that we will appear before Christ for our judgment of actions – good and bad. Well you might say if I sin what can I do? Here’s a simple solution from Henry Blackaby’s words: “Strive always to acknowledge and take responsibility for your own sins. It will free you to receive God’s forgiveness and to press on to spiritual maturity.”
S – Scripture
Then the man said (to the Lord), “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:12) ~ From Henry Blackaby’s Devotional
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” ~2 Corin 5:10
O – Observation
The Bible says that from the very beginning, when Adam blamed Eve and then blamed God for giving him Eve; then Eve blamed the serpent. God placed judgment on them and all of mankind for their disobedience. We will also appear before Christ for all of our actions – good and bad.
A – Application
How do I apply this devotional to my life? That’s both easier said than done. I need to think about what I’m doing before I do or say something. I also need to know as the scripture tells me that I and I alone am accountable for my actions. It’s like a football game where a player was mad at someone on the other team so he pounded the guy’s head into the ground three times and then as they pulled him off the opposing team players body, the guy stepped on his leg. He got kicked out of the game and possibly will have a six-digit penalty. So, it may be the other person’s fault of why you reacted, but you still have to pay the penalty and it doesn’t excuse your behavior.
P – Prayer
What can I do Lord to take responsibility for my actions? As Blackaby says to strive always to acknowledge my actions and take responsibility for my own sins. If I do sin, I must do this in order to repent and receive God’s forgiveness in order to learn and grow through my weaknesses. Just because the Lord has huge amounts of grace upon my life does not mean that I can do whatever I want and go back and ask for forgiveness and not have to pay the penalty for my sins. As 2 Corin 5:10 says, I must still stand before Christ’s judgment seat. I don’t know about you, but I prefer to have the Lord say, well done, my good and faithful servant.